Matthew Naven Assistant Professor of Economics
Matt joined Washington and Lee as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 2019 after completing his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Davis. Prior to completing his Ph.D. Matt earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Spanish and was a University Scholar at Xavier University. As a teaching assistant at UC Davis he has taught classes on Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Micro Theory, Economics of the Labor Market, Public Microeconomics, Econometrics, and Economics of Uncertainty and Information. At Washington and Lee Matt teaches Introduction to Economics (ECON 100) and Public Finance (ECON 250), and is currently developing a class that looks at the intersection of education and poverty.
Matt’s primary research interests are the economics of education, public finance, and labor economics. His research focuses on the effects of institutions, public policies, and external forces on student outcomes. He’s particularly interested in barriers low-income students face in education, increasing college access for low-income students, and education as a pathway out of poverty. His dissertation studied how the timing of school quality impacts long-run outcomes, whether schools provide heterogeneous quality to their students by socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender, and the effects of banning affirmative action.
Matt grew up in Omaha, Nebraska before attending Xavier and UC Davis. In his free time he enjoys music, running, hiking, meditation, craft breweries, and Xavier basketball.
University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Economics (2019)
M.A. Economics (2014)
B.A. Economics (2013)
B.A. Spanish (2013)
University Scholar (2013)
Economics of Education, Public Finance, Labor Economics, Poverty
Introduction to Economics (ECON 100), Public Finance (ECON 250)